This week over at Linda’s L3 blog, our Tim Holtz challenge is a technique called “shabby chic.”
I had learned this technique before – the result, anyway – Tim gets there a little differently than I do. Both ways work pretty well, but I found the way I learned it a few years ago works better if you’re using a highly detailed stamp. (See my tutorial for the how-to.) Back when I first saw this technique, it was done on metal tins – a great vintage look – and they had used creamy pastels like pale rose and mint green as the top coat.
The stamp is a big wood-mounted paisley lace background that I’ve had for several years (don’t know who makes it, unfortunately; that info isn’t on the wood block). I did mine rather the opposite of the way Tim does; he uses a black “undercoat” and light-colored paint for the topcoat. I didn’t use an undercoat, rather I just left the off-white tag its original color, and used dark paint (“espresso”) as the topcoat.
Want to know how to do this great technique the Official Tim way? Get his excellent book, Compendium of Curiosities, and then join us every Monday over at L3 for a new challenge! (You’ll be so glad you did.)